Biographical

Portrait of Marlon Byrd

Marlon Byrd RF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
18 6123 .275 .329 .430 .274 24.3
Birth Date8-30-1977
Height6' 0"
Weight245 lbs
Age41 years, 0 months, 21 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2002 PHI 24 10 36 35 2 8 2 0 1 13 1 8 0 0 0 1 0 2 .229 .250 .371 .245 0.6 -0.4 0.0
2003 PHI 25 135 553 495 86 150 28 4 7 207 44 94 7 3 4 45 11 1 .303 .366 .418 .283 31.1 -2.5 2.8
2004 PHI 26 106 378 346 48 79 13 2 5 111 22 68 7 1 2 33 2 2 .228 .287 .321 .220 -4.4 -7.7 -1.2
2005 PHI 27 5 15 13 0 4 0 0 0 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .308 .400 .308 .260 0.8 -0.5 0.0
2005 WAS 27 74 244 216 20 57 15 2 2 82 18 47 1 4 5 26 5 1 .264 .318 .380 .250 2.2 1.9 0.4
2006 WAS 28 78 228 197 28 44 8 1 5 69 22 47 6 2 1 18 3 3 .223 .317 .350 .258 7.6 0.7 0.8
2007 TEX 29 109 454 414 60 127 17 8 10 190 29 88 5 6 0 70 5 3 .307 .355 .459 .284 27.4 -4.0 2.3
2008 TEX 30 122 462 403 70 120 28 4 10 186 46 62 9 2 2 53 7 2 .298 .380 .462 .282 20.8 1.8 2.3
2009 TEX 31 146 599 547 66 155 43 2 20 262 32 98 10 10 0 89 8 4 .283 .329 .479 .276 21.9 -13.0 0.9
2010 CHN 32 152 630 580 84 170 39 2 12 249 31 98 17 2 0 66 5 1 .293 .346 .429 .289 34.1 10.1 4.6
2011 CHN 33 119 482 446 51 123 22 2 9 176 25 78 8 2 1 35 3 2 .276 .324 .395 .262 13.5 2.8 1.7
2012 BOS 34 34 106 100 9 27 2 0 1 32 2 21 1 2 1 7 0 2 .270 .286 .320 .232 -0.4 0.7 0.0
2012 CHN 34 13 47 43 1 3 0 0 0 3 3 10 1 0 0 2 0 1 .070 .149 .070 .136 -4.7 0.3 -0.5
2013 NYN 35 117 464 425 61 121 26 5 21 220 25 124 7 6 1 71 2 4 .285 .330 .518 .311 30.6 -2.9 3.0
2013 PIT 35 30 115 107 14 34 9 0 3 52 6 20 1 1 0 17 0 0 .318 .357 .486 .291 4.7 0.7 0.6
2014 PHI 36 154 637 591 71 156 28 2 25 263 35 185 8 3 85 3 2 .264 .312 .445 .286 22.0 13.5 3.9
2015 CIN 37 96 388 359 46 85 13 3 19 161 23 101 3 3 0 42 2 1 .237 .286 .448 .272 12.4 -2.6 1.1
2015 SFN 37 39 156 147 12 40 12 2 4 68 6 44 1 2 0 31 0 0 .272 .301 .463 .292 7.8 1.5 1.0
2016 CLE 38 34 129 115 11 31 6 0 5 52 11 38 0 3 0 19 0 0 .270 .326 .452 .264 3.6 0.0 0.4
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1999 BAT A- 0 276 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .369 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 PIE A 0 576 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .366 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 REA AA 137 582 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 PHI MLB 10 36 .245 .250 .320 .397 .254 .269 93 -0.6 0.9 0 -0.4 0.2 0.6 0.0 0.6 0.0
2002 SWB AAA 136 602 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PHI MLB 135 553 .283 .266 .332 .425 .262 .360 97 13.6 14.5 1.5 -2.5 1.5 31.1 2.8 31.1 2.8
2003 REA AA 3 16 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SWB AAA 1 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 1.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PHI MLB 106 378 .220 .265 .331 .429 .264 .270 98 -16.8 11.2 1 -7.7 0.2 -4.4 -1.2 -4.4 -1.2
2004 SWB AAA 37 167 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .288 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PHI MLB 5 15 .260 .235 .303 .376 .242 .400 101 0 0.4 0 -0.5 0.3 0.8 0.0 0.8 0.0
2005 WAS MLB 74 244 .250 .262 .330 .414 .261 .322 89 -2.6 7.0 -1.5 1.9 -0.8 2.2 0.4 2.2 0.4
2005 NWO AAA 21 92 .549 .278 .341 .426 .262 .406 89 6.5 0.6 -0.2 -1.0 0.3 7.2 0.6 7.2 0.6
2005 SWB AAA 5 19 .368 .277 .341 .438 .256 .308 107 2.4 0.6 0.1 0.8 0.0 3.1 0.4 3.1 0.4
2006 WAS MLB 78 228 .258 .272 .338 .438 .265 .265 92 -0.6 6.9 0 0.7 1.2 7.6 0.8 7.6 0.8
2006 NWO AAA 46 179 .286 .279 .346 .432 .274 .299 91 4.5 4.7 -1 0.4 -1.7 6.5 0.7 6.5 0.7
2007 TEX MLB 109 454 .284 .269 .334 .425 .264 .363 101 11.8 13.5 -1.4 -4.0 3.5 27.4 2.3 27.4 2.3
2007 OKL AAA 44 195 .317 .279 .348 .431 .264 .407 102 12.1 5.7 -1.8 2.9 -1.8 14.3 1.7 14.3 1.7
2008 TEX MLB 122 462 .282 .268 .333 .420 .261 .330 112 10.9 13.3 -1.8 1.8 -1.6 20.8 2.3 20.8 2.3
2008 OKL AAA 4 18 .315 .280 .346 .465 .267 .500 110 1.1 0.6 -0.2 0.9 0.2 1.8 0.3 1.8 0.3
2009 TEX MLB 146 599 .276 .266 .330 .426 .261 .308 107 10.2 17.2 -0.1 -13.0 -5.5 21.9 0.9 21.9 0.9
2010 CHN MLB 152 630 .289 .258 .323 .404 .267 .335 98 18.3 17.4 1.4 10.1 -3.0 34.1 4.6 34.1 4.6
2011 CHN MLB 119 482 .262 .259 .320 .403 .263 .316 102 1 13.0 1.2 2.8 -1.6 13.5 1.7 13.5 1.7
2011 IOW AAA 4 19 .293 .303 .364 .488 .279 .250 101 0.7 0.6 0.1 0.6 -1.0 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.1
2012 BOS MLB 34 106 .232 .261 .319 .423 .264 .325 107 -3 2.9 0.2 0.7 -0.5 -0.4 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2012 CHN MLB 13 47 .136 .252 .310 .396 .256 .091 98 -5.8 1.3 0.1 0.3 -0.4 -4.7 -0.5 -4.7 -0.5
2012 CUL Wnt 57 254 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .358 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NYN MLB 117 464 .311 .252 .311 .389 .255 .350 97 22.7 12.2 -4.3 -2.9 0.1 30.6 3.0 30.6 3.0
2013 PIT MLB 30 115 .291 .242 .306 .377 .246 .365 99 3.4 3.0 -1.1 0.7 -0.6 4.7 0.6 4.7 0.6
2014 PHI MLB 154 637 .286 .248 .306 .377 .257 .341 97 15.3 16.4 -6.1 13.5 -3.7 22.0 3.9 22.0 3.9
2015 CIN MLB 96 388 .272 .255 .314 .399 .261 .273 96 4.7 10.5 -2.4 -2.6 -0.3 12.4 1.1 12.4 1.1
2015 SFN MLB 39 156 .292 .249 .309 .393 .258 .356 93 4.8 4.2 -1.6 1.5 0.4 7.8 1.0 7.8 1.0
2015 PEN AA 2 7 .393 .262 .310 .368 .252 .250 100 0.9 0.2 0 -0.1 0.0 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2016 CLE MLB 34 129 .264 .263 .327 .439 .265 .347 111 0.5 3.6 -1.2 0.0 0.6 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1999 BAT A- 276 40 72 7 6 13 50 28 70 8 2 .296 .380 .535 .239 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 PIE A 576 104 159 29 13 17 93 51 110 41 5 .309 .382 .515 .206 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 REA AA 582 108 161 22 8 28 89 52 93 32 5 .316 .390 .555 .239 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 PHI MLB 36 2 8 2 0 1 1 1 8 0 2 .229 .250 .371 .143 .245 0.6 -0.4 0.0
2002 SWB AAA 602 103 160 37 7 15 63 46 98 15 1 .297 .363 .476 .178 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PHI MLB 553 86 150 28 4 7 45 44 94 11 1 .303 .366 .418 .115 .283 31.1 -2.5 2.8
2003 REA AA 16 3 5 0 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 .312 .312 .500 .188 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SWB AAA 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .750 .750 1.000 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PHI MLB 378 48 79 13 2 5 33 22 68 2 2 .228 .287 .321 .092 .220 -4.4 -7.7 -1.2
2004 SWB AAA 167 13 40 11 1 2 17 10 18 2 3 .263 .325 .388 .125 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SWB AAA 19 4 7 1 0 3 5 0 3 0 0 .368 .368 .895 .526 .368 3.1 0.8 0.4
2005 PHI MLB 15 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .308 .400 .308 .000 .260 0.8 -0.5 0.0
2005 WAS MLB 244 20 57 15 2 2 26 18 47 5 1 .264 .318 .380 .116 .250 2.2 1.9 0.4
2005 NWO AAA 92 19 33 6 0 5 11 9 7 4 1 .407 .478 .667 .259 .549 7.2 -1.0 0.6
2006 NWO AAA 179 20 42 9 0 7 29 16 31 3 1 .271 .365 .465 .194 .286 6.5 0.4 0.7
2006 WAS MLB 228 28 44 8 1 5 18 22 47 3 3 .223 .317 .350 .127 .258 7.6 0.7 0.8
2007 OKL AAA 195 29 63 15 2 6 32 13 30 3 2 .358 .418 .568 .210 .317 14.3 2.9 1.7
2007 TEX MLB 454 60 127 17 8 10 70 29 88 5 3 .307 .355 .459 .152 .284 27.4 -4.0 2.3
2008 TEX MLB 462 70 120 28 4 10 53 46 62 7 2 .298 .380 .462 .164 .282 20.8 1.8 2.3
2008 OKL AAA 18 3 5 2 0 0 3 2 6 0 1 .312 .389 .438 .125 .315 1.8 0.9 0.3
2009 TEX MLB 599 66 155 43 2 20 89 32 98 8 4 .283 .329 .479 .196 .276 21.9 -13.0 0.9
2010 CHN MLB 630 84 170 39 2 12 66 31 98 5 1 .293 .346 .429 .136 .289 34.1 10.1 4.6
2011 IOW AAA 19 4 4 1 0 1 3 2 2 1 0 .267 .421 .533 .267 .293 0.4 0.6 0.1
2011 CHN MLB 482 51 123 22 2 9 35 25 78 3 2 .276 .324 .395 .119 .262 13.5 2.8 1.7
2012 CUL Wnt 254 44 70 13 0 16 46 26 57 3 1 .318 .394 .595 .277 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 BOS MLB 106 9 27 2 0 1 7 2 21 0 2 .270 .286 .320 .050 .232 -0.4 0.7 0.0
2012 CHN MLB 47 1 3 0 0 0 2 3 10 0 1 .070 .149 .070 .000 .136 -4.7 0.3 -0.5
2013 NYN MLB 464 61 121 26 5 21 71 25 124 2 4 .285 .330 .518 .233 .311 30.6 -2.9 3.0
2013 PIT MLB 115 14 34 9 0 3 17 6 20 0 0 .318 .357 .486 .168 .291 4.7 0.7 0.6
2014 PHI MLB 637 71 156 28 2 25 85 35 185 3 2 .264 .312 .445 .181 .286 22.0 13.5 3.9
2015 SFN MLB 156 12 40 12 2 4 31 6 44 0 0 .272 .301 .463 .190 .292 7.8 1.5 1.0
2015 PEN AA 7 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 .286 .286 .857 .571 .393 1.1 -0.1 0.1
2015 CIN MLB 388 46 85 13 3 19 42 23 101 2 1 .237 .286 .448 .212 .272 12.4 -2.6 1.1
2016 CLE MLB 129 11 31 6 0 5 19 11 38 0 0 .270 .326 .452 .183 .264 3.6 0.0 0.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 1597 0.4671 0.4953 0.8142 0.6810 0.3325 0.8917 0.6749 0.1858 646 -0.000107
2009 2114 0.4924 0.5104 0.7878 0.6926 0.3336 0.8682 0.6257 0.2122 846 0.001601
2010 2215 0.4795 0.5097 0.7981 0.6874 0.3461 0.8932 0.6241 0.2019 873 0.008555
2011 1640 0.4860 0.5232 0.7914 0.6813 0.3737 0.8969 0.6095 0.2086 612 0.010551
2012 580 0.4862 0.5034 0.7842 0.6844 0.3322 0.8860 0.5859 0.2158 224 0.005393
2013 2092 0.4809 0.5468 0.7045 0.7147 0.3913 0.8122 0.5224 0.2955 738 0.001276
2014 2367 0.4744 0.5720 0.6846 0.7453 0.4156 0.7933 0.5087 0.3154 787 -0.005407
2015 1959 0.4513 0.6039 0.6898 0.7930 0.4484 0.8003 0.5290 0.3102 608 0.004271
2016 493 0.4807 0.5700 0.6584 0.7468 0.4063 0.7458 0.5096 0.3416 0 0.000000
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-31 2014-07-31 DTD 0 0 - Foot Contusion -
2011-05-22 2011-07-02 15-DL 41 39 Left Face Fracture Multiple Fractures From HBP -
2011-03-29 2011-03-31 Camp 2 0 Back Stiffness -
2010-09-25 2010-09-27 DTD 2 2 Face Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-09-01 2010-09-03 DTD 2 1 Right Lower Leg Soreness -
2010-08-24 2010-08-25 DTD 1 1 Wrist Contusion HBP -
2009-10-04 2009-10-05 DTD 1 1 Right Hip Soreness -
2009-09-30 2009-10-02 DTD 2 2 Right Hip Strain Capsule -
2009-08-26 2009-08-29 DTD 3 3 General Medical Illness Kidney Stones -
2008-10-01 2008-10-01 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus and Microfracture 2008-10-01
2008-09-06 2008-09-07 DTD 1 1 Left Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2008-08-15 2008-08-15 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Hyperextension -
2008-04-17 2008-05-14 15-DL 27 26 Right Knee Contusion Bone -
2005-03-29 2005-05-03 15-DL 35 26 Right Fingers Soreness Ring Finger -
2005-03-20 2005-03-29 Camp 9 0 Right Fingers Dislocation Ring Finger -
2003-10-08 2003-10-08 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2003-10-08
2003-04-14 2003-04-29 15-DL 15 14 Left Knee Laceration Player Collision At Plate -
2001-06-15 2001-06-17 Minors 2 0 Right Hip Strain Glute -
1996-11-15 1996-11-15 Coll 0 0 Right Lower Leg Surgery Infection Caused Acute Compartment Syndrome -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CLE $1,000,000
2015 CIN $4,000,000
2015 PHI $4,000,000
2014 PHI $8,000,000
2013 NYN $700,000
2012 CHN $6,064,835
2012 BOS $435,165
2011 CHN $5,500,000
2010 CHN $3,000,000
2009 TEX $3,060,000
2008 TEX $1,800,000
2007 TEX $550,000
2006 WAS $800,000
2004 PHI $355,000
2003 PHI $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$39,565,000
13 yrTotal$39,565,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 115 dACES2017

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 3/17/16 (minor-league contract with advanced consent clause. Salary of $1M in majors. May earn additional $2.5M in performance bonuses. Contract selected by Cleveland 4/3/16. Placed on restricted list 6/1/16 (162-game suspension for second positive PED test). Activated from restricted list 11/3/16.
  • 2 years/$16M (2014-15), plus 2016 club option. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 11/12/13. 14:$8M, 15:$8M, 16:$8M club option. 2016 option guaranteed with 1) 600 plate appearances in 2015 or 2) 1,100 PAs in 2014-15, including 550 PA in 2015. Award bonuses. Limited no-trade protection (may block deals to Kansas City, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Toronto). Acquired by Cincinnati in trade from Philadelphia 12/31/14 (Phillies to pay $4M of 2015 salary). Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Cincinnati 8/20/15. San Francisco declined 2016 option 11/5/15.
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 2/1/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.7M in majors. Earned additional $0.1M in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. Contract purchased by NY Mets 3/31/13. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from NY Mets 8/27/13.
  • 3 years/$15M (2010-12). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/31/09. 10:$3M, 11:$5.5M, 12:$6.5M. Acquired by Boston in trade from Chicago Cubs 4/21/12. (Boston to pay pro-rated share of $0.48M minimum salary, or about $435,165, with Cubs responsible for the balance of Byrd's 2012 salary, about $6,064,835). DFA by Boston 6/9/12. Released 6/12/12.
  • 1 year/$3.06M (2009). Re-signed by Texas 1/30/09 (avoided arbitration, $3.6M-$2.7M). Performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$1.8M (2008). Re-signed by Texas 1/16/08.
  • 1 year/$0.55M (2007). Signed by Texas as a free agent 12/06. DFA, sent outright to Triple-A 4/07. Contract purchased 5/26/07. Performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2006). Re-signed 1/06 (avoided arbitration). DFA, sent outright to Triple-A 7/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Re-signed 2/05. Acquired in trade from Philadelphia 5/05.
  • 1 year/$0.355M (2004). Re-signed 2/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 “You have to be an idiot to test positive for PEDs, and I was one of those idiots," Marlon Byrd said in 2013. It’s unclear what he thinks of people who test positive for PEDs twice, but Byrd became one of those people in 2016, with a 162-game suspension that likely signaled the end of his career.
2016 The demand for right-handed power hitters has outstripped the supply in recent years, which helps explain why Byrd has nabbed every-day playing time long past his productive-regular shelf life. A consummate journeyman who's appeared for six different National League teams in the last five years, Byrd now fits best with a junior-circuit club that could deploy him on the short side of a DH/outfield timeshare. There's still a useful player here, and now that he's no longer strapped to a multi-year contract, perhaps Byrd will find a team that can properly use him.
2015 Byrd continued to be, against all odds, interesting. His mid-30s, post-PED resurgence is like a straight batting practice fastball in Amaro's wheelhouse, and the first year of his two-year deal with the Phillies went so well that the GM is probably praying that the third year (at the standard $8M AAV that PED suspendees get these days) vests. This is a guy who, two years ago, needed a strong winter ball showing just to get a spring invite. Byrd is selling out for power these days, with a sharp rise in his fly-ball rate and a near-doubling of the strikeout rate he had back when he was an All-Star with the Cubs. At this point he's basically late-career Reggie Sanders, but with a multi-year contract.
2014 A strong effort in winter ball earned Byrd a spring look with the Mets. That he broke camp with the team was no surprise, but his subsequent performance turned heads. Byrd was a good player before he was struck in the face with a pitch in 2011 and fell apart entirely in 2012, but posted career-bests across the board in 2013 when accounting for the run environment. He continued to hit after being sent to Pittsburgh, and finished with an eventful postseason. It's impossible to bank on an old player sustaining career-best production, but there's a chance Byrd is back to being a legitimate starter. Ruben Amaro is betting that he is.
2012 At three years and $15 million, Byrd looked like an economical and effective signing. When he was hitting .321/.374/.488 on July 17, 2010, and the Cubs were 10 games out, he had some nice trade value. The Cubs didn't sell high then, partly because they needed someone to play center field. But Byrd was hit in the face with a pitch on May 21, 2011, and hit just .255/.311/.380 after returning. When Byrd's healthy and confident at the plate, he contributes against both left-handed and right-handed pitching while covering enough ground to be an asset in center (the smallish territory in Wrigley Field helps). But the backloaded contract makes his price tag $6.5 million in 2012, and if the Cubs are doing the deep rebuild many expect, he'll likely be traded for prospectsfar lesser ones, however, than if he'd been dealt in 2010.
2011 In the broad strokes, you might figure that Byrd lost much of his value when he left Texasand his .200 career isolated power (ISO) in Arlingtonbehind. To his credit, he didn't try to be the same hitter in Chicago, cutting down his stroke, delivering more contact but less power, putting more balls on the ground, and winding up roughly as valuable at the plate while playing a competent center. Unfortunately, there are problems. First, he didn't slug .400 against right-handers, and that makes for a tough everyday choice for the heart of a big-league lineup. He also hit just .275/.340/.369 after June, which suggests that the new approach only went so far before the league caught up to him. Now past 33 and heading into the more expensive portion of his back-loaded contract ($12 million over the next two years), it isn't hard to anticipate this deal going from looking good after one year to bad on the back end.
2010 What a difference a few years makes. Having washed up in Texas as a washout, Byrd hit free agency three years later as a 31-year-old regular with a .196 ISO, and 65 extra-base hits, just three years after Gary Matthews Jr. hit the market at 31 with a .182 ISO and 69 extra-base hits for the Rangers. Byrd got decent money, but he didn't get $50 million or five years, as Matthews did, and it has nothing to do with justice or stupidity or anything else in between. The industry is operated on the proposition that, between expansion of the economy, growth of the product, and inflation, salaries were reliably headed in a particular direction. Economic realities have intruded, so now Byrd is going to get less, while perhaps being worth much the same. In the years to come, we'll be writing about some of the deals of the Aughties the way people used to about Benny Kauff's $30,0000 purchase price going to the Giants from the Federal League, because it wasn't that these were the biggest contracts, it was because of who was getting them, and the proposition that star-level expense equals star-level results. Byrd can be for the Cubs what he has been for the Rangers, an employable placeholder in center, but he may not slug .420 outside of Texas, even with the move to the weaker league.
2009 Having resurrected his career with the Rangers so effectively, it seems harsh to start talking about him already heading toward his down slope, but he's not young, center isn't really a position he should play every day, and the speed from his days as a prospect has withered with age. He's an extremely useful fourth outfielder worth rotating in with some regularity to get a dose of OBP, and makes for a nice fall-back option on a team counting on Hamilton and Blalock.
2008 Signed as an extra body prior to the season, Byrd was waived by the Rangers shortly after Opening Day. Fortunately for them, there were no takers. Byrd went down to Triple-A Oklahoma until May and ended up being extremely valuable by filling in admirably after Kenny Lofton was traded to Cleveland. Defensively, Byrd doesn't have the range for center field any more, nor the offensive prowess to play every day in a corner, but his performance last year might have salvaged a career for him as a bench outfielder.
2007 Byrd led the Nats in starts in center field last year despite being cut at the All-Star break. He`s a center fielder who can`t play center and a right-handed hitter who`s not especially hard on lefties and doesn`t hit for power or average or get on base. If Terrence Long was looking for a platoon partner, Byrd would be perfect. The Platoon of Doom, perhaps. Signed with Texas, he`s presumably going to be Kenny Lofton`s legs. Don`t hold your breath expecting him to live up to even that limited role.
2006 If you`re starting to think that bad ballplayers appeared on the Nats` bench like so many roster mushrooms, you wouldn`t be far off. But to be fair to Byrd, he`s just not the prospect people thought he was after 2003. He doesn`t have that much pop, and in his hack-happiness he virtually comes out of his shoes on every pitch. As a fifth outfielder he`s not all bad, but, like Michael Tucker, he`s also mostly harmless.
2005 When a player suffers such an across-the-board declineByrd's numbers were down in every department, right down to his speed metricsit is natural to go seeking out causes. The Philly press corps was quick to blame Byrd's conditioning, perhaps because he's always had a somewhat chubby appearance, but there is no evidence of that. It is equally easy to speculate that Byrd has been suffering from some sort of undiagnosed injury, but there is no evidence of that, either. In any event, the organization has soured on him, which is understandable: Byrd's minor league numbers projected him as a solid regular, but not a star, and insofar as collateral damage goes for an organization that is gunning to win a championship in the here and now, he's expendable. He'd be a better fit for a team like Detroit, which has less to lose by seeing what he does in his next 400 major league plate appearances.
2004 Byrd was touted as a Rookie of the Year prospect coming into 2003, and if you could pretend his April and May didn't happen, he might have won it. He got off to a miserable start, spent some time on the DL, and dropped into a platoon role with Ricky Ledee. His season turned around after he reviewed tapes of himself the prior season (note to hitters: always, always get tapes of yourself when things are going well). He tweaked his stance, hit .325 with a .381 OBP after June 1, and took the leadoff spot away from Jimmy Rollins in July. If Byrdcan keep progressing, he'll be a huge asset: You can count the number of center fielders who can hit and field on one hand, maybe a hand and a couple of fingers.
2003 The hype around Byrd has some people expecting him to immediately match the production of Abreu and Burrell, which is a highly unfair burden to put on a rookie. Its still reasonable to expect Byrd to be a solid player with moderate power and good understanding of the strike zone. That alone will represent a huge upgrade for the Phillies in center field.
2002 Free Byrd? Its pretty clear that Byrd could outproduce the Phils current center fielder, Doug Glanville, right now, but the Phils have indicated that they want him to spend a year in Triple-A. Byrds game has no real holes; he has excellent power, is selective at the plate, and has made himself a superior defender in center field after scouts pegged him as a left fielder. Byrd has worked his way back from a horrible leg injury he suffered in college, in which most of the muscles in his right calf died, so it would appear that those who underestimate Byrd are taking a risk. The Phillies need his offense and his exciting skills in the lineup every day.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-08-01 16:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the reply Mike. I was seriously laughing at the Mets fans on social media. I know that Bruce is a tad one-dimensional, but he isn't exactly a 38 year old Marlon Byrd either. The Mets got a huge steal and the only way it would've been better for them is if they had gotten him for Nimmo (i.e. prime Nori Aoki minus the steals).
(JoshC77 from Still dreaming of good trades by the Reds)
Bruce is solid offensively but looks like a lot of the Mets other outfielders in terms of his skill set. That being said, having high end depth during the stretch run is a good idea, particularly iven all of the Mets injuries of late. (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Dilson Herrara, is he the new Luis Castillo (minus a fair number of steals, but with maybe a little more pop) of second basemen?
(Paul from DC)
As in is he a starting second baseman for the Mets? I think so. I am still stunned the Pirates gave him and Black up in that Marlon Byrd trade. That was one of the rare moves made by that front office that I questioned immediately. I think he'll be a regular for a long time. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Bret, are you still optimistic about Ike Davis? I may have the chance to get him and Derek Holland for Marlon Byrd and Alex Guerrero. Not sure how much hope to have for Ike. Thoughts?
(Chris from Dallas)
Yes I am. And that's definitely a deal I would make. (Bret Sayre)
2013-08-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sure with the PEDs, but some players who used were never all that disdained: be it Marlon Byrd or Andy Pettitte or Mark McGwire and all talent levels in between. A-Rod just seems so universally hated in a way that only Bonds and maybe Clemens reached.
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
Yes, the perception certainly has to do with other factors. A-Rod has a long history of saying/doing the wrong/unpopular thing at the wrong time. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-08-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that Melky and I have been exposed I have a question: are there still experts out there saying "we don't really know if PED's affect performance because we still don't have a double-blind study to prove it, dammit!"
(Bartolo from Fiji)
Yes. People love proof. Marlon Byrd's failed test didn't help the cause. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances that the Red Sox reach out to JD Drew, need a solid bat in the lineup!
(Brandon5tewart from Miami)
Considering they just traded for Marlon Byrd, I'd say fairly limited. Drew was so bad not to mention injured last year that, at his age, I'd be surprised if he got another shot in the majors. Which is kind of a shame. I've always been a fan of his. (Matthew Kory)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Marlon Byrd done?
(Bleacher Bum from Wrigley)
No, I don't think so. I like Byrd and would buy low now if possible in NL-only leagues. (Derek Carty)
2012-03-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Kevin, First off - thank you for attending the BP Book Tour in Chicago several weeks ago. I stopped by for a few hours and picked up some very interesting information. I appreciate you taking the time to interact with readers. My question is about Brett Jackson. I have not had a chance to watch him at all and am curious as to his MLB floor/ceiling. I've read that he strikes out too much, is a great athlete, and BP has made comparisons to a young Curtis Granderson. Cubs manager Dale Sveum has stated Jackson is major league ready. Rumors have recently been floating around that Marlon Byrd is on the trade block and Jackson will get a quick call-up. Is Jackson someone worth getting excited over? I have optimistic visions of 80R, 20HR, 80 RBI, 20 SB, .260/.350/.450 seasons in the future. From your observations and analysis, what should Cubs fans expect in the years to come? Thank you!
(Nick D from Chicago, IL)
I think that's a perfectly reasonable ceiling for Jackson, but I don't think he's ready. He still needs to work on his contact issues. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Predictions for where Cubs OFers Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd land with in-season trades?
(Jon KK from Elkhart, Ind.)
Byrd to the Giants, maybe Boston. Soriano still won't be movable. (Sam Miller)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your top undervalued targets for NL only leagues this year?
(Senior from Lost in my mind)
Just had LABR NL this weekend, so I've got a bunch. Not all went for as low as I wanted, but how about: Michael Cuddyer, Lucas Duda, Jon Jay, Marlon Byrd, John Mayberry, Jose Altuve, Ryan Ludwick, Tyler Greene. None are sure things, obviously, but that's the nature of undervalued targets. In general, I think these guys will come cheaper than I'd pay for them (although that wasn't the case for Cuddyer, Duda, Mayberry, Byrd, and Altuve this weekend in a tough LABR crowd). (Derek Carty)
2011-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any ideas as to whom the Cubs might actually move and for what? I think Ramirez is staying and getting a 2-3 year extension.
(Justin from Tinley Park)
Reed Johnson, They'd love to more Soriano, Fukudome. Maybe Ramirez if it's the perfect situation in August. Still like Marlon Byrd could be a nice pickup for a team. $6.5 mil for next year not horrible. Could be better, but...As for the Cubs deals with the devil. Yeah, ownership had say in it. But Hendry can't be divorced from things like multi year deals to John Grabow either (Mike Ferrin)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Cubs are a mess. Considering their big mkt expectations, what direction do they go in as deadline approaches?
(Matt from Chicago)
They could probably benefit from selling and slotting some of the ready youth (okay, mostly Brett Jackson) into the lineup, but looking around, it's not like they can move Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd is hurt, and Carlos Pena is struggling. Maybe they would move a starting pitcher (one who isn't hurt, at least) for a few prospects, otherwise, there isn't a whole lot they can do. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-04-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ok, this Cub team isn't all that exciting to watch. Coming out of the gates and displaying their mediocrity in mediocre fashion. But when can I get incredibly excited about Starlin Castro's start? Now? Am I late already? Should I wait a month? I need something to overhype and he seems to be all I got.
(HypedUp Cub Fan from Chicago)
Especially since they're displaying their mediocrity in mediocre fashion against some pretty lousy teams. Hype up Castro all you want -- he's all we've got. Seriously, can you get excited over Marlon Byrd? Darwin Barney? Marcos Mateo? Castro just hits and hits and hits, and he's risen to every challenge he's been given. I've grown to love the kid, and it's a shameless, probably eventually self-defeating love, but I've thrown myself into it. Feel free to join me. (Ken Funck)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Cubs offense struggling, due to lack of OBP skills?
(Matt from Chicago)
They should be average to somewhat above. This assumes that Soto and Aramis stay healthy, that Pena isn't a sinkhole due his awful averages (since he will help the OBP with his walks), and that Fukudome gets regular at-bats near the top of the lineup. Gotta admit though, Marlon Byrd in the #3 spot is not an encouraging sign. (Cory Schwartz)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you're Mike Quade, who are you inclined to hit leadoff in that lineup?
(Matt from Chicago)
There really aren't a lot of options on that team, huh? I would bat Soto leadoff, but you know that isn't going to happen. Maybe Marlon Byrd? Castro might be a good leadoff hitter in the future, but I would prefer to keep him batting lower in the order for now. (Marc Normandin)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a Chicagoan, do you have faith in Ricketts to pony up when some of the Cubs' bad deals expire? I'm getting a little skittish about him.
(Matt from Chicago)
I don't think it makes sense to get skittish, at least not yet. The Ricketts bought a team whose hand had been dealt, with one of the worst assemblages of long-term, no-trade-protected commitments conceivable. Even then, they were willing to let Hendry sign Byrd, which was a complete success within the limited upside that adding Marlon Byrd gets you. I'll be interested to see what they do with A-Ram and Soto, because they're the team's two toughest calls as far as who to sign to extensions. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given the Cubs' situation, I've been a strong advocate of moving Marmol. He is cost-controlled for two more years and will be rather expensive by the time the Cubs are seriously competitive again. Am I crazy?
(Matt from Chicago)
No, you're not crazy, though it obviously depends on what you can get for him. It's not unlike what Christina was advocating when she wrote about trading Marlon Byrd, which is not unlike what the Tigers did in trading Granderson and Jackson. EVERYONE on the roster should be available for the right price -- the key being "the right price" -- and cost-controlled young veterans should get you a reasonable return. (Ken Funck)
2010-10-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you suggest Quade manages his 4 "starting caliber" OFers next yr? No obvious platoon situations come to mind.
(Matt from Chicago)
I've argued already that the Cubs should get while the getting's good and exploit a weak crop of CF options on the market by dealing Marlon Byrd now. Soriano wouldn't generate much value, and Fukudome's deal comes with so many noxious contractual impedimenta that moving him would border on the miraculous. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see a major regression out of Marlon Byrd next season? I think it would behoove Hendry to move him with Brett Jackson waiting in the wings.
(Matt from Chicago)
A major regression from the last four similar years of production he's put up? Shopping him wouldn't be a bad idea though, just to see what you can get back. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-16 16:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Cubs as an aging team in decline or do they have another run left in them with this group? Fortunately, they seem to have some decent farm talent coming up the pike soon.
(Matt from Chicago)
From a former North Sider, it pains me to say this, but the Cubs are now chasing the past. They do have some good kids coming up, but for some reason, they seem stuck in the mode of needing to have that "proven" guy on the field at all times. Where/when will Sam Fuld play? Will they let Guzman just pitch? Why did they bother with Marlon Byrd? (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Xavier Nady any kind of positive for the Cubs? Sad that adding a 4th outfielder is possibly the triumphant move of the off-season.
(Leroy Brown from Downtown)
That's if he can stay healthy, a big if, but at least he's potentially an upgrade on Reed Johnson. And the latter part... wasn't that what we could say about signing Marlon Byrd? I suppose there's the loudly trumpeted Pyrrhic victory of making Milton Bradley go away, but Carlos Silva's going to make people miss Al Nipper. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming a trade for Granderson doesn't happen, what are the Cubs' viable remaining options for another starting outfielder?
(Matt from Chicago)
Granderson is definitely the guy they want. I keep hearing Marlon Byrd in conjunction with the Cubs as a fallback free-agent option. (John Perrotto)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wiser for the Cubs: Short-term deal for Marlon Byrd or trade blue chip prospects for Curtis Granderson?
(Guancous from Silver Spring, MD)
Granderson is a legit starter, Byrd is a fourth outfielder with a power surge in Texas that masked his true abilities, who will cost much more than he merits. Go for Grandy. (Eric Seidman)
2009-11-09 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you see as potential candidates to fill the Cubs' outfield vacancy? Do see a need for a power/run-producer or speed/obp/defense type?
(Matt from Chicago)
Let's take a step back, b/c there really is no vacancy yet. The hope is still that they can trade Bradley for a decent everyday outfielder. If they can't, then maybe they go for one of the free agents -- can't you see the Cubs overpaying for Marlon Byrd? Who knows, if they have to release Bradley, maybe Jake Fox gets a shot, although that could be a disaster defensively... (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Evan Grant has been reporting that the Texas Rangers should (will?) resign Marlon Byrd, Trade Nelson Cruz, and platoon Julio Borbon and Ivan Rodriguez in the DH slot. Doesn't that sound to you more like a recipe for exactly what they SHOULDN'T do?
(Ira from North Texas)
Ivan Rodriguez has no business on this team next year. Taylor Teagarden is basically that guy if you just want to go defense behind the plate, and you'd be insane to DH I-Rod. Trade Cruz to make room for him and Byrd? What the hell? Is this Billy Beane's plan for the Rangers? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Holliday wind up? If not St. Louis, what do they do to replace him?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Giants will probably make a big push. But I say he ends up in StL long term. If he goes elsewhere it's a bit tricky because there is Bay and then the rest. You have aging outfielders better suited to DH duty and then the complementary parts like Marlon Byrd. Maybe they can work out a deal for Carl Crawford if Holliday leaves. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think that Marlon Byrd will be resigned by the Rangers for 2 years $9 million, or do you think that he'll get 3-4 years $15-$20 million and go elsewhere? which do you think would be better for the Rangers?
(Ira from North Texas)
Byrd, while the owner of some decent pop, is certainly replaceable in the outfield, and I have a feeling he ends up in San Francisco for around 3-15 after they whiff on Bay and Holliday. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, please tell Ron Washington, Michael Young, and the hoards of Ranger fans that signing Marlon Byrd in free agency is a bad idea...
(Lincoln from Dallas)
The devil is in the details. I'd take Byrd back on a two-year deal for the kind of money those deals usually entail. It's a lefty-heavy outfield, and Byrd's a nice fourth OF. If it takes more than that, or any kind of PT assurance, you have to let him go. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)You're JP Ricciardi. Chris Davis, Neftali Feliz, Max Ramirez/Salatamalacchia, throw-in B prospect, and Marlon Byrd for Alex Rios and Halladay.
(Craig from Michigan)
Not enough. That's Feliz and a bunch of guys who've failed. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableMarlon Byrd puts one in the seats, Jason Heyward about to make his hitting debut in Atlanta... (Steven Goldman)
 

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